Friday, January 06, 2006

Back To Basics – Grammar Is Important!

In Tiny Treasures Academy & Get Well Center, Inc. v. Stirling Place, Inc., 2005 Fla. App. LEXIS 20276 [Fla. 4th DCA 2005] the Fourth District Court of Appeal relied on the rule of ejusdem generis [the rule of whaat?!?] to interpret prepositions and nouns and decided that the prepositional phrase “to the premises” modified the noun “damages”, as in “damages to the premises” – this entire phrase is clear, right? Well, it was the issue on appeal. The opinion is a quick read, the “rule of whaat?!?” is explained and, yes, we’re back to basics. All to say the written word is still important [but you knew that, right?!?].

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